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February 12, 2016

God Is in the Details | Family Friday

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One of our great joys as a Lifesong staff is receiving letters and stories from families who have completed their adoption process and are basking in the goodness of God. These testimonies serve as a perpetual reminder that God ALWAYS guides His people as we humbly seek to do His will. The following letter was hand-written by one such family– Having four biological children and one adopted child already, we were not looking to adopt another child, and financially it seemed impossible. But when God made us aware of Kavita’s need for a family, we quickly knew that God was calling us to make her part of our family. Since we already had 5 children and there was a need for Amy to quit outside employment to be a full-time mom for Kavita, Lifesong’s matching grant was a miraculous blessing financially. We saw God’s hand of provision and guidance over … Continue reading

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February 10, 2016

It’s Your Heart God Is After

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My husband, Adrian Mills, always says that God doesn’t desire for His will for your life to be a big secret. I nod in agreement most of the time, but when things don’t go as expected in our lives, I take a step back and ponder the truth of those words. Three years ago last month, Adrian was preaching on a cold Sunday morning. It was a message about saying yes to God right now, not letting excuses come in the way of obedience. Right in the middle of his preaching, as he describes it, the Holy Spirit arrested his heart and spoke clearly, “I’m speaking to you, Adrian. No more excuses. It’s time to move forward and begin the adoption process.” We’d talked about adopting for nearly a decade at that point, even before we married. But life happened; moves and babies and job changes and ministry and more … Continue reading

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February 8, 2016

One Question that Changed Her World | Guatemala Update

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Enjoy this update from our Guatemala team– I saw Zuly bend down and quietly whisper in the little girl’s ear. “You are so smart,” she said. The little girl looked up to her and smiled shyly.  At the age of 3 months, Zuly began living in an orphanage. It was all she had ever known. Caregivers had come and gone; friends had, too. Nothing in her life had ever been stable. Some children were adopted, others were sent to different homes. Some were reunified with their biological families. Zuly knew nothing about her past. Sometimes she would allow herself to dream. She would dream that one day her birthmother would walk back through the doors of the orphanage and come for her–that she would pick her up, spin her around, hug her tightly, and tell her that she had missed her every single day of her life. Most days though … Continue reading

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February 5, 2016

Don’t Give Up! | Family Friday

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Our family had been in the process of this adoption for five years waiting on a list to adopt a sibling group. We began looking into the Waiting Child Special Needs list after waiting with no end in sight. After five years of document updates and many fees, it was finally God’s timing for us to adopt these two beautiful boys who were on the list due to their ages. However, the adoption fees were only beginning, and our savings were exhausted. This is when God led us to Lifesong for Orphans!  Our family’s immigration paperwork was up for renewal in October. After four years of waiting, we questioned our sanity paying money year after year with no end in sight.  We felt God leading us to renew one more time. Within one month, we had a match. We now have a family of four and the LONG wait is a … Continue reading

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February 3, 2016

You Asked. We Answered: What Adoption Agencies Do You Recommend?

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One of the most frequently asked questions we receive from would-be-adoptive-parents is, “What adoption agency do you recommend?” We understand the vast information overload and know the process of choosing a program can be daunting. Here are four steps we encourage you to take: 1. Pray about it. “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him” (James 1:5). Rest confidently in the knowledge that God knows the end of your story from the beginning and will see it through to completion. 2. Seek counsel from people who have adopted. Keep in mind no adoption process is flawless. Ask specific questions of friends and family who have adopted–What were the benefits and challenges of working with your agency? Why did you choose your agency? Would you choose your agency again? What do you wish you had … Continue reading

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February 1, 2016

Childlike Faith | Ethiopia Update

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Enjoy this update from our Ethiopia team– I heard a 10-year-old girl (4th grader) and a 12-year-old boy (6th grader) talking about meeting the next day at the usual place. The girl and her family accepted Christ as their savior just last year. I was curious and asked the girl what the meeting was about. She did not want to say at first, but then she told me– They had been meeting during their break hours to read Bible stories to other kids. They share, sing songs, and pray. It made me realize how pure their heart is. I pray that other families are reached through their own children who hear and learn about Christ from their classmates.  Christmas in Ethiopia is according to the Orthodox Christian calendar, so we celebrated on January 7. We prepared a special meal for the students and staff. The day consisted of a program … Continue reading

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January 29, 2016

An Unexpected Bond | Family Friday

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God delights in creating beauty out of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, and the garment of praise instead of a faint spirit (Isaiah 61). Sara and David know this to be true. They decided to adopt in 2013 after three attempts to have a biological child ended in miscarriage. The whole experience was a God-thing, but if we could single out one aspect, it would be the relationship that we formed with the birth mother and her family. We were able to meet several times before the baby’s birth. We got to be there at the hospital when the mom was discharged, and we took temporary custody that same day. We stayed in the same town with the birth mom’s family for a week after the baby was born, and we met every day after the baby was discharged. After we brought Della home, the birth mom and her … Continue reading

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